L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT AGENTS RESCUE THREE PEOPLE ON LAKE D'ARBONNE

Release Date: 04/08/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents rescued two adults and a child on Lake D'arbonne in Union Parish on the afternoon of March 30. 


Mike Polk Jr., of Choudrant, his two-year-old-son and his friend Michelle Elliot were in a boat when a storm with high winds created hazardous boating conditions.  While trying to make it back to the boat ramp, waves started filling the boat with water and it eventually capsized.  


The three boaters went into the water and drifted for nearly two hours along side their fishing boat.  Before going into the water, Elliot was able to call 911 and report their sinking boat.  Agents, along with Union Parish Sheriff's Office deputies, responded to the 911 call. 


Agents launched a rescue boat and located the three victims, still wearing life jackets, on a nearby island and returned them safely to a boat launch. 
 
Agents involved in the rescue operation were Sgts. Lane Kincaid and Jimmy Vining and Senior Agents Scott Jeansonne and David Harrell.


For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at 318-362-3102 or abankston@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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